Canadian family policy stuck in the past, report says

Toronto Star

Family policy in Canada needs to grow up and recognize the need for child care, parental leave for fathers and tax measures that support low- and moderate-income parents, not just the wealthy, says a new report being released Tuesday.

“The work and family lives of Canadians have evolved over the past three decades. It is time our family policies grew up too,” says the report by the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

The report includes the latest available data on the impact of the Harper government’s fall economic statement, which introduced income-splitting and increases to the monthly child care benefit and child-care expense deduction.